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Watch: First Amels 60 by Espen Øino leaves shed ahead of launch

2 March 2022• Written by Holly Overton

The first hull in a new generation of Espen Øino-designed Amels 60 superyachts has left the shed at the Damen Yachting shipyard in Vlissingen ahead of its launch.

The new Amels 60 was commissioned by a repeat client and is the first of five models already sold and under construction

The new Amels 60 was commissioned by a repeat client and is the first of five 60 metre models designed by Espen Øino currently under construction. The yacht is due for delivery in spring 2022. 

The new design features a “metallic pebble grey” hull with a “Matterhorn white and super jet-black superstructure,” according to the yard. Other features include a spacious sun deck, nine metre tender, an 830GT interior and hybrid propulsion package. 

The new design has been developed by in-house naval architects at Amels and Damen Yachting with an interior courtesy of Winch Design. The design team has taken inspiration from the geometric exterior design, resulting in an interior that "feels beachy and relaxed with a subtle masculine edge”. Key materials will include Jerusalem limestone, light bleached matte oak, light-tone walnut and bronze with a “warm, organic colour palette”.

Jim Dixon of Winch Design said: "The harmonious custom interiors capture the feel and style of a relaxed family home on the water, promoting a calm atmosphere and involuntary relaxation. For the most part, we have used pure and natural materials to emphasise the relaxed ‘home at the beach’ spirit of the interior. However, we have also added layers of surface interest to materials such as stones and timbers to create unique and tactile finishes.”

The model is the second collaboration between the builder and Øino

Kitted out with electrical propulsion motors, the hybrid Amels 60 will have a cruising speed of seven knots and transatlantic range of 4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots. The top speed will be 15.5 knots. The electric propulsion will result in low noise and vibration, lower fuel, lower maintenance costs and lower emissions, the yard said.

“We developed pragmatic technology that works invisibly in the background to deliver maximum efficiency, minimum impact on our environment, with the widest operating flexibility,” Damen Yachting said.

“She will be instantly recognisable when she hits the water in 2022,” Øino promised.

Plenty of other elements were sense-checked or improved. “We used to have five and a half cabins, we now have five guest cabins of the same size and a full beam owners cabin,” said Damen. “We have also created more of a beach club where we can have an air-conditioned gym and we have a huge swim platform to be close to the sea.”

This space has been thoroughly thought-through – as Øino said, “you have to put yourself in the position of being on board”. “Guest cabins are down here they lead on through a corridor, into the beach club – which has a gym and sauna – and you have direct access to the swim platform. So you wake up in the morning and you go for a swim.”

The 830 GT interior can accommodate a total of 12 guests in six suites, including the owner’s suite complete with a private balcony. Staff accommodation meanwhile is for a total of 12 crew, plus a private captain’s cabin.

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